Family Circle Cup: Eugenie Bouchard ousts Jelena Jankovic in Charleston

Last Updated: 05/04/14 11:37am

  • Share:
Eugenie Bouchard: Canadian will play Andrea Petkovic in Family Circle Cup semi-finals

Eugenie Bouchard: Canadian will play Andrea Petkovic in Family Circle Cup semi-finals

Sky Bet

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard battled past Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals of the Family Circle Cup.

Bouchard, who previously edged out Venus Williams, looked set for a straight-sets victory after taking the first set and breaking for 4-3 in the second but Jankovic rallied to force a third set.

While second seeded Jankovic's down-the-lines dazzled, the sixth seeded Canadian was consistently impressive on her return and duly closed out the Serb to win 6-3 4-6 6-3 in Charleston.

"I knew in the second set my game wasn't where I wanted it to be," Bouchard told the WTA Tour's official website.

"I think she did a good job of stepping in and controlling, and she changes directions a lot, so I was really on the run. And that's fine, but that's not where I want to be most of the time. I needed to get back to my game.

"I didn't really think about how I was up a break in the second, because it was in the past, and I had to move forward. I'm happy I didn't hold onto that. It was important to have short-term memory."

Awaiting Bouchard in the last four is Germany's Andrea Petkovic, who needed three sets to overcome ninth-seeded Czech hopeful Lucie Safarova 6-3 1-6 6-1.

Petkovic - seeded 14th here - has beaten Bouchard in their two previous meetings but the 20-year-old is now ranked 20th in the world, while the German is currently 40th.

Upsets

In the other semi-final, Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic will meet Jana Cepelova after they both upset seeds in their quarter-finals.

Bencic had to fight back from a set down to beat third seed Sara Errani but rattled off nine straight games to complete a 4-6 6-2 6-1 triumph.

"She played really well. I had problems in the beginning because it was our first time playing and I didn't know her game so well," said Bencic. "But then I adapted and stepped in for the spin balls.

"I just kept trying to focus on the next points and not the score, and I managed to play more and more aggressively and step in more. That was the key. I started serving better after the first set too."

Cepelova's win was far more straightforward as she overcame 12th seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-1.

"I'm really happy," she said. "It was a tough match. Daniela is a good player, and she's my good friend, so every time you play each other it's very tough. But I'm really happy I won here tonight."

The victory continued a remarkable tournament for the Slovakian who had already beaten world number one Serena Williams and 13th seed Elena Vesnina.

  • Share:

Related

WTA Family Circle Cup 2014

Andrea Petkovic: Won Family Circle Cup on Sunday

Petkovic powers to title

Andrea Petkovic claimed the biggest title of her career to date as she won the Family Circle Cup in Charlston.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany plays a forehand

Cepelova books final spot

Jana Cepelova’s run in Charleston continued as she beat Belinda Bencic to set up a final with Andrea Petkovic.

Venus Wiliams: Beaten by Canada's Eugenie Bouchard

Venus beaten in Charleston

Venus Williams is out of the Family Circle Cup after losing 7-6 2-6 6-4 to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.

Most Popular

Features

Murray scare 'nerves'?

Murray scare 'nerves'?

Greg Rusedski says Andy Murray's cramps could have been caused by 'nervous energy'.

US Open order of play

US Open order of play

The latest order of play for the 2014 US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York City.

Super Statesmen

Super Statesmen

Mac, Andre and “Pistol” Pete… Mark Petchey names his favourite US tennis players of all time.